Two times this week I made plans to go see The Artist, and both times those plans fell through, so no new post (sorry, Mom!) and straight to links of the week!
- At the AV Club, Genevieve Koski ponders why only covers and novelty musical acts (as opposed to musicians writing their own material) receive widespread attention on YouTube. I think there’s a clear answer to that (which she gets to eventually), but she does a great job of analyzing the issue with lots of fun examples.
- Pushing back against recent Luddite remarks from author Jonathan Franzen (of course), among others, Tim Parks makes a beautiful argument in favor of ebooks at The New York Review of Books. I’m not sure I agree with every point, but it’s given me a lot to think about.
- One of the geekier blogs I follow is Law and the Multiverse, written by two lawyers who analyze (in incredible, deadpan detail) the legal ramifications of various story lines in comic books and other genre fiction. It’s kind of hilarious. Usually I’m not familiar with the stories in question, but Buffy I know, so their take on the potential criminal liability of the vampires on Buffy and Angel delighted me. (Bottom line: Angel is so screwed.)
- Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are awesomely hilarious both separately and together, which is itself awesome, as L. V. Anderson shows at Slate. (Never break up, Will and Amy!)
- Westminster Dog Show slideshow! Yay!